Licensing Agreement & Authority to Use the Certification Mark
These Regulations relate to the Certified Conformity Ltd. Certification Mark (the “Certification Mark”) as shown in the Appendix 1 owned by Certified Conformity Ltd. and licensed to the Certification Body for the purposes hereof.
The Certification Mark shown in Appendix 1 is an example and it should never be used by the Client as is. The Certification Body will provide the Client with the right logo to be used.
Certified Conformity Ltd. reserves the right to replace the Certification Mark as shown in the Appendix 1 by another certification mark at any time.
Use of the Certification Mark for a renewable three-year period is strictly limited to the Client whose management system has been successfully certified by the Certification Body.
In these Regulations:
(a) “Accreditation Body” means the body that has accredited the Certification Body for certifying management systems of third parties.
(b) “Accreditation Mark” means the Accreditation Body’s mark licensed to the Certification Body and that may be sub licensed to the Client whose management system has been successfully certified unless the Accreditation Body does not permit its use.
(c) “Certificate” means the certificate of conformity and assessment schedule issued by the Certification Body specifying the scope of certification of the Client.
(d) “Certification Scheme number” means the number which is indicated in each particular Standard.
(e) “Client” means the company to whom a Certificate is issued.
(f) “Codes of Practice” means a technical document describing Certified Conformity Ltd. conditions under which the Certificate and the Certification Mark may be delivered, renewed suspended or canceled
(g) “Communication Media” means Client’s advertising such as advertisements, displays, posters, TV advertisements, promotional videos, web sites, brochures, Client’s promotional goods such as pocket diary, coffee mugs, coasters, doormats; Client’s outdoor advertisements such as billboards and signs; Client’s stationery such as sales and contractual documents, letterheads, business cards, invoices, compliment slips, delivery slips; Client’s vehicles, Client’s flags and window stickers and any other communication media intended for his customers.
(h) “Improper Use” of the Certification Mark means any use which infringes these Regulations. It also means imitation, counterfeiting and dilution of the Certification Mark.
(i) “Standard” means the specifications that the management system should present as well as the means of controlling the compliance of the management system to these specifications.
(j) “Use” means the lawful, authorized, restricted, non-exclusive, limited and revocable right to use the Certification Mark.
3. USE OF THE CERTIFICATION MARK
3.1 The Client agrees that:
(a) It will use the Certification Mark only in the manner prescribed herein and the Certificate.
(b) It will use the Certification Mark only in relation to its scope of certification.
(c) It will use the Certification Mark on its Communication Media in such a way as to create no confusion between matters referred to in the scope of certification and other matters.
(d) It will not use the Certification Mark on its products and their primary packaging in order to avoid confusion with product certification; However, it may use the Certification Mark on larger boxes or over-packaging that can be reasonably considered as not reaching end-users but only in association with a statement that the product was manufactured in a plant whose management system has been certified.
(e) It may use the Certification Mark on stationery such as sales and contractual documents, letterheads, business cards, invoices, compliment slips, delivery slips, on advertising such as advertisements, displays, posters, TV advertisements, promotional videos, web sites, brochures, on outdoor advertisements such as billboard and signs, on flags, on vehicles, on larger boxes or on over-packaging not reaching end users, on window stickers, on promotional goods such as pocket diaries, coffee mugs, coasters, doormats.
(f) When used on flags, on vehicles, on larger boxes or on over-packaging not reaching end users, on windsows, on promotional goods such as pocket diaries, coffee mugs, coasters, doormats, the Certification Mark shall be used without the Accreditation Mark.
(g) Where the accreditation body permits use of its mark by the Client it may only be used in combination with the Certification mark as set out in the SGS combined mark on stationery such as sales and contractual documents, letterheads, business cards, invoices, compliment slips, delivery slips, on advertising such as advertisements, displays, posters, TV advertisements, promotional videos, web sites, brochures, on outdoor advertisements such as billboards and signs.
(h) It will not use the Certification Mark or the Accreditation Mark on test reports or certificates of compliance such as calibration certificates or certificates of analysis.
(i) It may use the Certification Mark on its web site, provided that the Certification Mark is used as an hypertext link from its web site to the following – www.certifiedconformity.co.uk
(j) It will not, during the period of validity of the Certificate or thereafter, register or attempt to register the Certification Mark or any imitation thereof, make or assert any claim of ownership to the Certification Mark and dispute the right of the Certification Body, its successors or assigns, to authorize the use of the Certification Mark as provided herein.
(k) It will, upon the suspension, withdrawal or cancellation of the Certificate, forthwith discontinue the use of the Certification Mark or any reference thereto, of the Accreditation Mark and will not thereafter use any copy or imitation thereof.
(l) In case of take-over or merger, written permission from the Certification Body is mandatory in order to transfer the right to use the Certification Mark.
3.2 Use of the Certification Mark does not exonerate the Client from any liability imposed by law regarding the performance of its services and the performance, design, manufacturing, shipment, sale or distribution of its products.
4. MONITORING OF THE CLIENT
The Certification Body may during the entire period of validity of the Certification Mark make or entrust a representative to make all checks deemed necessary using the methods and frequencies indicated in the Standards. Checks will ensure that the Standard inherent to each management system is applied and that conformity to these Regulations and to the Codes of Practice is maintained.
5. PENALTIES AND APPEAL
In case of Improper use of the Certification mark, the Certification Body may forthwith suspend or withdraw the certification and the right to use the Certification Mark in accordance with the sanctions procedures that will be provided by the Certification Body upon request. The Client may appeal the Certification Body’s decision in accordance with the appeal procedure that will be provided by the Certification Body upon request.
The Client may renounce or suspend the use of the Certification Mark for a certain period of time. It will give the Certification Body written notification and make all changes regarding its Communication Media. Based on this information the Certification Body shall inform the Client of the terms and conditions for temporary or definitive termination of use of the Certification Mark.
7. FINANCIAL CONDITIONS
The financial conditions for authorization to use the Certification Mark are included in the contract between the Certification Body and the Client.
Unless otherwise agreed by the Certification Body, the Client shall keep confidential all documents received from the Certification Body with the exception of the Certificate, these Regulations and the Appendix thereof.
9. CHANGES TO THE LEGISLATION
The Certification Body complies with all national and international laws, regulations and standards in force concerning the right to use the Certification Mark or the conditions for obtaining said right. It will give the Client notification of the changes thereto and the Client will be obligated to apply all modifications resulting from said changes.
10. CHANGES TO THE REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE USE OF THE MARK
The Certification Body reserves the right to modify these Regulations at any time. It will give the Client written notification of all changes thereto and the Client will be obligated to apply said changes.
11. TECHNICAL DETAILS
(a) The Certification Mark shown in Appendix 1 is an example and the Certification Body will provide the Client with the right logo to be used.
(b) On documents printed in more than one color, the Certification Mark should be used and printed gold.
(c) On documents printed in one color exclusively, the Client may either use the Certification Mark in grey.
(d) On documents printed in more than one color or in one color exclusively, the Certification Mark may also appear on colored backgrounds when it remains clearly visible.
(e) For web use, the Client may create and use a transparent version of the Certification Mark.
(f) The Certification Mark can be enlarged as well as reduced as long as the text remains legible.
(g) When used in combination with the Certification Mark, the Accreditation Mark shall be equal in size or smaller than the Certification Mark.